2000 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vielles Vignes
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes is nearly perfect. I drank three bottles of this at La Beaugraviere restaurant during my trip to the Rhone Valley, and wish I had had the fortitude to drink even more. Probably the most thrilling dry white I have tasted in the last year, it possesses great intensity and unctuosity, yet extraordinary elegance with a viscous nose of honeyed caramel, pineapple, and apricots. Beautifully proportioned and full of mineral nuances, this is a tour de force in winemaking. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Very rich, deep nose of pineapple, white flowers, game, truffle and honey. Then equally three-dimensional on the palate, with terrific superripe honey, fruit and game flavors of superb depth. Very powerful, layered and long on the aftertaste. This is carrying 13.5% alcohol, the same as the estate's 2000 red. A great successor to the equally outstanding '99 version.
Beautifully balanced. Thick and rich, a ripe, full-bodied Châteauneuf that delivers a lot of dried fruit, with dried apricot, cream, raisins and some honey. Yet it is bone dry on the finish, just teasing you with its lush aromas. (PM)